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Alden, Evelyn Hitchcock

Evelyn Hitchcock
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Evelyn Hitchcock Alden
  • 1952 Chairperson of the Kansas Board of Education
  • KU Distinguished Service Citation recipient in 1959
  • Hostess for the first Russian Women Exchange Visitors Program in 1965
  • President of the National Home Demonstration Council

Evelyn Hitchcock Alden was born in Cherryvale, Kansas and would go on to be a strong supporter of rural America. Ms. Alden received a bachelor degree in Business in 1929 from the University of Kansas. While at the university she was an active student leader. Ms. Alden served as an officer in Phi Chi Theta, the professional economics fraternity, and was an active member of Jay Janes, YWCA, and the social sorority Gamma Phi Beta.

Ms. Alden was a local pioneer in the areas of Business and Home Economics. She served as Chairperson of the Kansas Council of Women and was the official Kansas City hostess for the first Russian Women Exchange Visitors program sponsored in 1963 by the National Council of Women. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Kansas Citizens’ Council for Education and organized a 4-H club for her community. Mrs. Alden served not only as the President of the Kansas Home Demonstration Advisory Council, but also as the Director and President of the National Home Demonstration Council. The National Home Demonstration Council was an adult education program in better homemaking. Mentors showed other women how to utilize the latest in home economics research.

Mrs. Alden was involved in many organizations such as the American Association of University Women, KU Alumni Association, Associated Country Women of the World, and the Kansas Board of Education. She served as the chairperson of the Kansas Board of Education in 1952. Mrs. Alden served on the Governor’s Board for the Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1958 and in 1960 was sent on a 10 day tour of Radio Free Europe facilities in Germany and Portugal. That same year Mrs. Alden was received the certificate of recognition from Epsilon Sigma Phi for her service in agriculture and home economics.

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